Everyone's favorite subject, right. This bit of advice is something my husband has been doing for awhile, and it save a lot of time after the first of the year. In fact, we always have our taxes done quite early because of this time saving habit.
Below is our File the Pile and Panic No More set. I plan on ordering the Panic No More set to use in my filing cabinet; each kid can have their own color folder, for their finished assignments. File the Pile would be super cute, if I had room for it.
There are some people who love to hoard (save) every, single card, from every, single occasion. I am not one of them. My husband is one of them. There are some cards that I will save, very few, and for me it is usually the super funny ones. Sappy cards don't do much for me, humorous cards, however make my day. Our Colorful Clever Container set of 5 document boxes would be a great place to store your keepsake cards. You can check them out if you click the picture below. For disclosure purposes, I am an Independent Clever Container consultant, the link below goes to my online store.
Let's keep things real, my husband, yet again, takes care of all the bills; most of our bills come electronically. Although, the ones that still come snail mail, are shredded promptly; my husband is very diligent about shredding, especially paperwork and bills that contain financial information. Nobody wants to deal with identity theft.
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There is not much to write about shredding, other than my children would love to be the master shredder in our house. Although, credit cards are something else you definitely want to shred, shredding works way better than cutting them up; we definitely don't want anyone stealing our credit information. Thankfully, I've never had to deal with it personally, I have known two people who have dealt with it; it was a major headache. Especially for my friend from Mexico, even though she is a legalized citizen, she had to jump through major hoops to deal with it, including going through immigration, they also froze her social security number, she was only allowed to use it for employment purposes; they would not issue her a new one. With that being said, make sure to shred, instead of throwing away, anything with personal information on it, especially old credit cards.
Calendars are something I have never mastered, don't get me wrong, I try. Paper calendars, calendar apps, I have tried them all. The fact is, I am not a planner; I'm good with that, I'm coming to terms with my non-planning personality. While shopping at Menards with my husband awhile back, we came across a dry erase calendar decal, this has been perfect for us. It's so easy, and the kids like drawing pictures on it. It is pictured below.
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Catching up, my organization posts are going to be short and sweet. I think the tips speak for themselves. We personally keep very few magazines; the one time my husband was saving his gazillion golf magazines (that he never read) I decided to donate to the Radiology clinic where I worked. Needless to say, he was not happy, we can call it pay back for the time he donated all my shoes to Goodwill without asking. Granted they were in a large box that still hadn't been unpacked from our move to Indiana. Without further ado, here is tip #9.
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Newspapers are something we don't subscribe to, in addition with electronic coupons I don't buy them on Sundays either. Sometimes they would come in handy with art projects and such, space at our house is limited and I don't do clutter. If you do subscribe to newspapers, you could store them in a crate stacked neatly in a closet.
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Yay, something I can write about! Deciding to keep these posts short, the picture speaks for itself, I am going to post pictures of my current filing system, with the intention of showing you at the end of this 30 day challenge - my new cleverly organized filing cabinet.
Without further ado, the current state of my affairs.
As you can see, I too, need to organize my files and file drawers. I will do that by the end of the week and post a follow-up photo. Unfortunately, tomorrow is our gym co-op, so it won't be happening then; it is also the Christmas party and talent show, so much fun for the kids!
I look forward to hearing your tips and tricks.
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To be frank, my husband keeps all the records, that is, all the records except for my homeschool files. I do know where all the files are kept, and I ecstatically welcome his meticulous care of this task. With this in mind, I have my own system for our homeschool files; this has been a learning curve, and still is one. If I had my way, I would overhaul the filing cabinet upstairs with Clever Containers color coded filing system Panic No More, giving each type of files their own color.
Are you keeping up with the challenge, please let me know if you have any great organizational tips that have made your life a little less complicated.